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Cheesy Vegan BBQ Popcorn

cheesy vegan bbq popcorn recipe

This Cheesy Vegan BBQ Popcorn is easy to make and has a cheesy nutty taste from nutritional yeast and a smoky BBQ flavour from smoked paprika. I’m using popcorn cooked in steamed coconut oil (suitable for cooking) but you can use air popped popcorn if you prefer – the downside is the seasoning doesn’t stick to the corn. Suitable for vegan, dairy free, gluten free and plant based diets.

Nutritional yeast is high in B vitamins, certain brands have added B12. Most western diets, vegan or not, are low in B12 and could benefit from supplementation and B12 nutritional yeast is a delicious way to get your RDA. It may look like fish food and have an unfortunate name but nutritional yeast is a must have ingredient for a healthy cook.

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Cheesy Vegan BBQ Popcorn Recipe

  • Total time: 10m
  • Yield: 2 servings
  • Calories: 130 cal


  • 25g Popcorn kernels
  • 1 tbsp Coconut oil, use steamed or other coconut oil that’s suitable for cooking
  • 2 tbsp Nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp Smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Garlic salt


  1. Melt the coconut oil in a heavy bottomed pan on a high heat.
  2. Add a few kernels and when they start to pop remove from the heat and then add all of the kernels.
  3. Wait 30 seconds and then return to the heat with the lid on to start popping.
  4. When the pops are 1-2 seconds between remove from the heat and put the lid ajar to let out the steam.
  5. Sprinkle on the nutritional yeast, smoked paprika, salt and garlic salt.
  6. Eat while it’s fresh as it will go chewy if left for more than a few hours.

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  • I use steamed coconut oil to make this as it has a high smoke point so is suitable for healthy cooking.
  • I recommend using a cooking coconut oil or other oil with a high smoke point to make this healthy dish.
  • Other oils with a high smoke point are avocado oil, rice bran oil, macadamia nut oil – all are over 250 °C / 480 °F
  • Use an unrefined salt that is high in minerals such as sea salt, pink Himalayan salt or rock salt.

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To be honest, anything will taste good with these seasonings – garlic, salt, nutritional yeast and smoked paprika. I could add to most savoury dishes! But they do work particularly well with fresh crispy popcorn. If you’re following an oil-free diet it’s worth investing in an air popcorn machine. They are like a hairdryer only with a hole for popping corn and are great fun to use – but a tad messy.

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I'm a former office worker that quit long days in London to move to the countryside and share natural recipes and lifestyle tips.

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